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July 19, 2007

Ning vs. Stand Alones

Posted in: Products, Social Networking

ning.gifNing is a simple service that allows anyone to create their own Social Network easily without and coding Knowledge. I read about it on TechCrunch and tried it only a few days ago. ah, it was great. Actually, very good for being free. They are following the Freemium business model. They offer their basic service for free and have some other premium features.

How do i create a Social Network ?

Thats extremely simple. You just go to and sign up for a free account. Then, you can create as many social networks as you want for free. A wizard walks you through the various steps to create your social network.

phpfox.gifOn the other hand, scripts like phpFoX, Handshakes offer a fully built social networking script that you can host on your own servers. They offer very much sophisticated features. But i would prefer to go with Ning rather than waste time with these scripts. Now, let me tell you my reasons.

Lets say that you want to create a social network for your school or something like that, then you wouldn’t want anything like the next MySpace or the next Facebook. Something simple would be more than enough. And thats what Ning offers. Scripts like phpFoX and Handshakes are for those people who plan to build the next big thing like MySpace. But, thats not practical with pre-built scripts like these. Also, considering the numerous bugs in them, only one out of 50-100 installations maybe successful. I have not used phpFoX. But a friend of mine had a Handshakes license and i had a chance to try it out. In my opinion, it has a very poorly coded Administration panel. Many of the features available in the admin panel fail to show up anywhere on the Handshakes site. Building a custom theme is tougher than the toughest thing in the world. Lol.

So, my advice is that, if you are planning to start a Social Network, go with Ning.

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